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Big 12 Betting Roundup: Kansas Looks To Bounce Back After First Conference Loss

The week is already off to a chaotic start in the Big 12 with losses by No. 2 Kansas, No. 7 Texas and No. 14 Texas Christian.

At least one more ranked team will lose before the new polls come out since TCU and Kansas meet on Saturday in a nationally televised matinee. It is one of four Big 12 games being played on Saturday that will land on CBS, ESPN or ESPN2.

Jalen Wilson #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks
Jalen Wilson #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks | Ed zurga/getty images/afp

There is a three-way tie atop the conference standings with Iowa State, Kansas and

Kansas State all 5-1. Those three programs also happen to be undefeated at home this season.

Kansas remained at No. 2 in both national polls and received a total of 32 first-place votes. Texas moved up three spots to No. 7 in both rankings, Iowa State is 12th in both polls while Kansas State comes in 13th in the AP poll and 15th in the coaches’ poll while Baylor is also in the top 25.

Kansas (-145) remains the heavy favorite in the odds to win the Big 12 title followed by Kansas State (+500), Iowa State (+600) and Texas (+600).

According to the college basketball odds, Kansas (+250) is second only to Houston in the odds to reach the Final Four while Texas comes in at +500.

Here’s a look at Saturday’s games in the Big 12 with some odds and betting information to consider.

Let’s check the latest college basketball news, stats, injury reports, and college basketball lines for Big 12 Betting Roundup. We’ve got plenty of NCAA basketball picks for you to consider.

Game of the Week

Texas Christian vs Kansas

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 1:00 p.m. ET (CBS)

Kansas has been finding ways to win even if the Jayhawks haven’t been playing well. That finally caught up to them with an overtime loss to Kansas State as not even a 38-point effort from Jalen Wilson was enough to keep the Jayhawks (16-2, 5-1 in the Big 12) undefeated in conference play.

Kevin McCullar was scoreless in the loss and he is 14 for 43 from the field over the last six games for the Jayhawks.

TCU (14-4, 3-3) is coming off a loss to unranked West Virginia despite 21 points from Mike Miles as he has scored in double digits in every game this season.

Kansas has won 10 of the last 11 games in the series with the last win by the Horned Frogs in Lawrence coming in 2017.

TCU has covered against the Las Vegas odds in three of the last four meetings while each of the last four games between the Horned Frogs and Jayhawks went under the total.

Rest of Saturday’s Schedule

Iowa State vs Oklahoma State

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 2:00 p.m. ET (Big 12 Now)

After almost upsetting Kansas on the road, Iowa State came back to have little trouble with another top-10 team. Jaren Holmes, a St. Bonaventure transfer, had 21 points in the win over Texas while Gabe Kalscheur has averaged 19.8 points with 13 3-pointers in the last four contests for the Cyclones (14-3, 5-1).

Oklahoma State (10-8, 2-4) bounced back from a disappointing effort against Baylor by taking down rival Oklahoma as Bryce Thompson led the way with 19 points.

Oklahoma State has won five of the last six games versus Iowa State with three of the last four games finishing under the total.

Something to consider for those NCAAB betting online: The road team has emerged victorious three times in the last four matchups.

Iowa State has covered 12 times in the first 17 games this season.

Texas Tech vs Kansas State

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 2:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

With recent wins against Texas, Baylor and Kansas, it might be time for Kansas State to get a little more love on the national scene. Keyontae Johnson averaged 25.3 points per game on 56% shooting in those three wins.

Texas Tech has lost six games in a row and is the only team yet to win in Big 12 play. The 84-50 loss at Iowa State was pretty ugly, but the other five games were decided by an average of 4.6 points. Leading scorer Kevin Obanor has just 18 field-goal attempts and 25 points in the last three contests for the Red Raiders (10-8, 0-6).

Texas Tech has won four of the last five meetings with Kansas State. However, the Wildcats (16-2, 5-1) have covered against the college basketball lines in each of the last five meetings.

Five of the last six games have gone over the total with the lone exception being Kansas State’s 62-51 home win last season.

Kansas State leads the Big 12 with a 13-5 record against the college basketball odds. Texas Tech is just 6-11-1 ATS.

Baylor vs Oklahoma

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 4:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Baylor (13-5, 3-3) has rebounded after heartbreaking losses to Texas Christian and Kansas State to win its last three games. Freshman Keyonte George had 32 points against West Virginia and 27 versus Texas Tech.

Grant Sherfield has seven 20-point efforts in his last 11 games for Oklahoma (11-7, 2-4).

Oklahoma’s upset of Baylor in the 2022 Big 12 quarterfinals ended an eight-game losing streak to the Bears.

Baylor has won the last three games in the series played in Norman with the average margin of victory being 18.3 points.

Seven of the last nine meetings finished under the total.

Oklahoma’s last regular-season win against Baylor was an action-packed 98-96 affair in 2018 that obliterated the total of 153½.

Texas vs West Virginia

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 6:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Texas is fortunate not to be 1-4 in the month of January with wins by four points against TCU and two points versus Texas Tech mixed in with losses to Kansas State and Iowa State.

Leading scorer Marcus Carr had just nine field-goal attempts in the last game and that needs to change for the Longhorns (15-3, 4-2).

West Virginia (11-7, 1-5) is coming off a nine-point win over nationally ranked TCU as Kedrian Johnson had a season-high 20 points.

The Longhorns have won seven of the last nine games against West Virginia. However, the Mountaineers did cover in two of the last three.

Three of the last four matchups finished as one-score games while each of the last four meetings went over the total.

Twelve of West Virginia’s games have gone over the total and that is the most in the Big 12 and that includes six of the 10 games at home.

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